New Android, service for the recognition of objects Google Lens, Google Assistant on the iPhone and other products. May 17 in mountain view, California, held its annual conference for developers Google I/O.
In the beginning of the presentation the CEO of Google Sundar Pichai noted that the company recorded over 1 billion users of such services and platforms like Google Chrome browser, Google Play, Gmail, Maps, Search, YouTube and Android operating system. Moreover, Pichai said that the number of active smartphones and tablets that support the Android operating system has exceeded 2 billion. The head of the company drew attention that in the first place now are not mobile technologies, and artificial intelligence, from Mobile first to AI first. All the services of Google, according to Pichai, introducing machine learning.
The projects in which the company is engaged in the development of artificial intelligence is now gathered on a single website. Part of the work on the artificial intelligence technology was the launch of the mail service Gmail “smart” answers. Options ready-made phrases at the bottom of the application window, near the buttons to reply or forward the message. The user can edit the response before sending.
Pichai spoke about the successes in speech recognition and computer vision. The company uses deep learning to achieve maximum efficiency. From July 2016, the team reduced the error rate of speech recognition from 8.5% to 4.9%.
Speaking of machine vision, Pichai introduced Google Lens for object recognition with the camera. He will be part of the smart assistant Google Assistant. The user can obtain detailed information about the object by the lens of the smartphone. Google Lens can define a camera captured the colors or count the network name and password from the label on the router to automatically connect to Wi-Fi.
In addition, the service will help to find out reviews and details about a cafe or restaurant when you hover over it the sign of the smartphones camera. In this case, Google will use location data. Google Lens not only in the “live” camera, but with photos on your smartphone.
The exact launch date is not known, but Google promises to launch the service later in 2017. The company introduced a new version of the Android operating system — Android 8.0 or “O”. However, the full name of Vice-President on development of Android Dave Burke did not disclose.
The alpha version of the system for application developers came out at the end of March 2017, but the conference had disclosed all the features of the new Android. The event opened a beta version 8.0 for Android Nexus 5X/6P, Nexus Player and Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel X, and in the summer of 2017 will be the final version to all users. 8.0 Android received support for the mode “picture-in-picture”, which enables you to watch videos in the Windows of other apps.
Shortcuts app icons in the new Android will be like iOS. The user can use a long press to open a menu of notifications and, if necessary, to respond or remove it. Users got the opportunity to further customize the notification. In particular, they can be delayed from 15 minutes to an hour.
Did the Google on extension of Autonomous battery life of smartphones. So, the new Android has a high energy efficiency applications in the background. The system is able to restrict programs that are not displayed on the screen.
Machine learning based Android 8.0 will help the user to distinguish phone numbers, addresses and company names. With the help of technology AutoSave the system will suggest usernames and passwords from Chrome for a particular application. So, keeping the data from Twitter in the browser, you can get them in the app. When developing a new version of Android the company mainly focused on safety, optimization, and tools for developers.
On the basis of machine-learning techniques will work and Google Play Protect available on all smartphones with the app store, Play Store. She will examine data on the activities of the device and, if necessary, to block threats. Android received support for the Kotlin programming language created with the support of JetBrains.
In addition, Google announced a “Lite” version of the system — Android Go. It will allow you to optimize performance on low-cost smartphones and reducing the bandwidth consumption. The first devices under the new program will go on sale in 2017.
So, YouTube will Go to tell us the size of the video that is going to see the user, thereby helping to decide whether to spend it on traffic package. Apps that are optimized for low-power devices will be displayed in Google Play in a separate collection. Vice-President of Googles development of search technology Scott Huffman reported that 70% of requests to Google assistant voice Assistant — easy speaking, not search queries.
Thus, according to the representative of the company, the service performs the function of communication, not is a system of “question-answer”. A major announcement related to Google Assistant, has been the introduction of support for iPhone. The assistant will be available as a separate application with a reduced set of features, unlike the Android version. The Verge explains that the service will be able to send message via iMessage or play music, but cant, for example, to set the alarm clock.
Google Assistant has received and the support for new languages. Now the users other than English, until the end of 2017 will be available in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Korean. Another Google update Assistant is the ability to pay for goods and services with linked to the account of the Bank card.
Google representatives did not specify in which countries the feature is available. The company launched Google Actions for developers of third party applications which can connect their projects to the assistant. Vice President, product management and General Manager of home products Googles Rishi Chandra has announced the launch of “smart” home system Google Home outside the United States.
The device will go on sale in the territory of Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Japan. Another new feature on Google Home will support voice calls. The developers promise that the system will be able to make free calls to landline numbers in USA and Canada. The user does not have to connect your mobile phone to Google Home.
To make calls, the company is going through its own infrastructure, details of which are not reported. “Smart” column will become more multimedia. The system gained integration with streaming service Spotify. Home Google also agreed to cooperate with videouploader, including Netflix, HBO and Hulu.
The column can be connected to the Chromecast. With a combination of devices users will be able to get answers to their queries on the TV screens.
Vice President of Google Anil Sabharwal has introduced three new functions of the service, working with photos. The first innovation is the possibility for “one-click” share your shots with the person who is tagged in a photo.
The developers have implemented the Google Photos shared libraries for pictures. Sabharwal said that in this way will be no matter whose smartphone made the. He will be in the memory of other devices if the application is determined in the frame of people that are connected to the General collection. The third novelty in Google Photos — creating photo books.
The cost of these printed albums will be $9,9 for a paperback and $19,9 — solid. While they are only available in the U.S., but the companys promise to expand the geography of sales. Head of virtual reality Google Glue Beevor reported that the company is working on VR-platform Daydream. He said that the headset Daydream View is to support a few models of smartphones, but in the fall of 2017 list will join the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
Also Bavor announced that a standalone headset for Daydream will produce HTC and Lenovo. It is expected that their devices appear on the market until the end of the year. In the field of augmented reality, Google introduced a Visual Positioning Service (VPS).
The decision will help you navigate not via satellite, as does the GPS, and with the surrounding user objects. Technology, as the developers hope, will help you navigate the large supermarkets and help find the necessary items.